Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

CON­SIS­TENT roach and bream sport is of­ten hard to find on canals these days, but there is a lit­tle known stretch of wa­ter­way where an­glers have been enoy­ing boun­ti­ful bags of them this sum­mer.

The re­cently re-opened Stroud­wa­ter Canal in Glouces­ter­shire is a wa­ter­way that links the Rivers Thames and Sev­ern. It is ab­so­lutely brim­ming with sil­ver­fish and well worth a visit if you’re the tra­di­tional type of an­gler.

The canal is mainly run by Stroud & District Angling Club which of­fers mem­ber­ship for just £25 for adults – this is great value for money.

Most reg­u­lars to the venue fish the pole with light rigs us­ing ei­ther ground­bait or bread­punch.

Feed­ing a cou­ple of lines, one in the deeper wa­ter and an­other ei­ther short or across to the far shelf, is all you need to do to get plenty of bites, but with the canal be­ing nar­row you won’t need to be hold­ing me­tres and me­tres of car­bon. a bed of hemp and mi­cro pel­lets – this usu­ally picks up the big­ger fish. Fish­ing up to the is­lands on the Ash Lake is also pro­duc­ing de­cent nets of carp, with in­di­vid­ual fish to 10lb fea­tur­ing. Use corn on the hook and feed two-three ker­nels via a pole pot ev­ery put-in. Con­tact: 01278 450880 Post­code: TA5 2BQ Roach here are abun­dant, and grow to a good size. Trot­ting tac­tics are ac­count­ing for some good nets of small chub and perch. A lot of an­glers are catch­ing well feed­ing bronze mag­gots and fish­ing the same bait on the hook. . Con­tact: Wilts Angling Trow­bridge, 01225 763835 Prices: £3 a day from Wests Tackle, Trow­bridge, Air­sprung AA

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